Persecution Update: But Isn't That "Illegal?"


Date:                      March 29, 2019


At ICC, we are frequently asked, “Isn’t smuggling Bibles illegal?” 
Understandably, many Christians are uncomfortable when we respond that, yes, it is “illegal,” but we are going to continue to do it, and we would like their support.
In a broken, sinful world, we should expect to wrestle with tough questions. Ironically, the source we go to for answers is what many nations around the world are committed to oppressing. 
When we look to the Scriptures, we find numerous examples of people doing “illegal” things. 
- In response to Pharaoh’s decree, Moses’ mother hid him. 
- Rahab helped Joshua’s spies escape from Jericho by lowering them over the wall. 
- Joseph’s response to Herod’s decree was to flee with his small family to Egypt. 
- In Acts 5 and 12, we are told that Peter and the apostles “illegally” left prison. 
Most Christians don’t question any of those “illegal” actions, or any of the other myriad examples that have been preserved for us in the Scriptures.
For 2,000 years, Christians have wrestled with the reality that Jesus said to “render to Caesar” (Luke 20:25) and to make disciples in “all (emphasis added) nations” (Matthew 28:19). 
We are called to be obedient to our Lord and Savior. Everything else is secondary to that. Jesus said, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). There were no qualifiers about excluding communist nations, Muslim nations, or any of the other territories that Satan is attempting to control. 
Satan does not have the authority to restrict how we obey our Lord and Savior, even when he tries to legitimize it by working through governments.
Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mathew 28:19-20). That requires all nations to have Bibles. 
ICC is committed to making that a reality and we are asking you to join us

Jeff King

International Christian Concern

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